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B.C. Xtreme

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 (default 2.20 GHz)
    EVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
    6GB Memory
    Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (32-bit)
    Windows 7 Ultimate Beta (32-bit)
    EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked GPU
  1. B.C. Xtreme

    Looking to undervolt a C2D E7400

    I'm going to check out the available BIOS options tomorrow. If you'll read my original post, you'll see that my plan is to lower the clock speed from 2.80GHz to 2.53GHz. Only after that step would I then undervolt as much as I could WITHOUT making the system unstable. Unless, of course, I can reduce the temperature just by lowering the clock speed; is that even possible?
  2. B.C. Xtreme

    Looking to undervolt a C2D E7400

    I'm really not familiar enough with this type of computer to be comfortable doing anything physical with the hardware. Not to mention, I'm not the primary user of the machine. I'm not about to mess around with the hardware of a computer that someone else uses, especially when I've never worked with an all-in-one unit before. I want to undervolt because I have some experience in that area, and it's comparatively easy to do.
  3. B.C. Xtreme

    Looking to undervolt a C2D E7400

    The computer's idling right now, so the temps are around 50-55. The power cable is the only thing plugged into it. There is no dust yet, cause the computer's brand new.
  4. B.C. Xtreme

    Looking to undervolt a C2D E7400

    As I said, this computer is an all-in-one unit (similar to an iMac), so I don't have much choice but to use the stock fan and heatsink. I'm not really sure WHY the cooling isn't very good, but I want to fix it, and I've fixed this kind of problem by undervolting before. I recently had to retire a laptop due to CPU heat damage, and it had never been overclocked. I didn't turn off Speedstep, so it's obviously not working well enough. I'm just trying to figure out a safe increment to undervolt by, cause I really don't want to make it too low by accident.
  5. B.C. Xtreme

    Looking to undervolt a C2D E7400

    I'm not concerned with the performance decrease. This particular computer is carrying a very light workload, and it's actually replacing a computer that had a 1.0GHz CPU, so 2.53GHz would still be a massive improvement. Not to mention, it's also an all-in-one unit, so making hardware changes (like custom coolers) is too risky. The CPU idles at about 50-54, rising to almost 70 when playing a DVD, most likely even higher when playing a Blu-ray disc. That sounds familiar. Could you maybe remind me what that is and how to enable it?
  6. Hey, I just got a new computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 processor @2.8GHz. The computer is getting warmer than it should, so I'd like to lower the clock speed down to 2.53GHz and undervolt it as much as possible. Can anyone give me advice on the approximate minimum stable voltage for an E7400 running at 2.53GHz? Thanks!
  7. Even for games that use only two threads, quad-core can still be an improvement. If you have a dual-core, and the game maxes out both cores, the entire system will slow down, and the frame rate will drop and sound will skip and et cetera. But if you have a quad-core, even if the game maxes out 2 of the cores, you've still got another whole two cores to manage the rest of the computer's operations. No slow downs!
  8. Should I definitely be able to reach the maximum voltage specified in the CPU's documentation without melting it?
  9. Okay, so I've got my overclock up to 2.6 GHz, and it seems perfectly stable. I have a new question now that hopefully someone can give me advice on. The default E4500 voltage is set to 1.3250v. How high should I be able to get my FSB without increasing the voltage?
  10. I wouldn't say they're totally useless. On some games, like Supreme Commander, a relatively under-powered CPU like mine severely bottlenecks the graphics card. My GeForce 9800 GTX+ should easily be able to handle Supreme Commander, but once I get more than just a few units in the game, it slows down. I ran some background logs when this happened, and saw that the slowdown was due to Supreme Commander maxing out both of my CPU cores. I can only assume that doubling the capacity of the CPU (as in a quad-core) would prevent this from happening. I wish I could afford a Core i7 Extreme...and the new X-58 motherboard to support it... For the time being, I've got my eyes on a Core 2 Quad Q8200 @2.33 GHz. Planning to OC it, of course!
  11. I'll try that, thanks! I'd like to also update my previous statement and say that the slight visual distortion is only visible in a few small columns on one of my two screens. This particular screen is a bit old, so what's more likely: that my overclock is unstable, or that my old monitor is reaching the end of its life? EDIT: I have pushed my overclock up to 2.5 GHz, and everything still seems cool and stable. I still see some text distortion, but I'm going to ignore it until I see it on both monitors. I'm more and more convinced that my older monitor is just beginning to let go on me.
  12. Okay, I have one more really important question. Every once in a while, text on my screen is giving off a very subtle heat-wave effect. It's hard to see, but the slight distortion is definitely there. Is this some sort of instability due to my overclock, and if so, how do I fix it?
  13. Just for all-around general performance, not necessarily during stressful operations.
  14. I did not do any long-term temperature/stability readings above 2.4 GHz, so I can't be sure that the higher speeds will work. My current plan is to up the speed by 0.1GHz when I restart my computer every few days. That way I can do long-term analyses. What speed does a Core 2 Duo have to run at in order to outperform a Core 2 Quad @2.33GHz?
  15. I do! In fact, I did this time! Once you reach a certain point though ... I mean CMOS reset, reseating components, and etc are all equally advanced, for the most part. While I'm here, how much of a speed difference should I see when overclocking a processor from 2.2 to 2.4 GHz?